New Jersey highways can be challenging to navigate, and those who do are often at risk for collision. While it is sometimes possible to avoid a crash if a potential problem is spotted and a driver is able to safely maneuver to avert an accident, more often than not, impact occurs suddenly, without warning. Personal injury is often the result of such accidents, the worst of which include fatalities.
One such incident occurred on the parkway near Toms River a few days after Christmas. The tragedy resulted in the deaths of four men who ranged in ages from 21 to 24. They were college students who were traveling in the same vehicle, which somehow became involved in a collision with a tanker truck.
As is often the case in the near aftermath of a serious motor vehicle crash, responders are met with more questions than answers as they conduct preliminary investigations. It can take days or even weeks to gather evidence to determine exactly what or who may have caused a particular accident to occur. Fatal accidents often lead to litigation in civil court when family members act in memory of their loved ones to seek legal accountability against those whose negligence is determined to have been a causal factor in their loved ones' deaths.
Fatal personal injury is always especially tragic when a victim is a young adult or child. Friends, family members and co-workers of the four men who died in the recent New Jersey crash remembered the victims as hard-working, kind-hearted individuals who brought much joy to those who knew them. Anyone who has suffered a similar loss regarding a motor vehicle collision may want to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney if he or she is considering filing a wrongful death claim in court.